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Transfiguration
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Transfiguration

Not all the disciples were treated equally. At special times in his life Jesus selected his closest friends to be with him. Here we have Peter, James and John chosen as witnesses to the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration places Jesus with two great figures in Jewish history. Moses the giver of the Law and Elijah the…

Webinar: Pathways to Christ’s Passion
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Webinar: Pathways to Christ’s Passion

The renowned biblical scholar, Father Henry Wansbrough, a Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, will be giving a series of evening webinars on the Passion narratives, hosted by Holy Innocents’ Church Orpington. The evening will explore the different accounts of The Passion and Death of Jesus according to the Synoptic Gospels, The Passion, Death and Resurrection…

Mission in Ministry 2021: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding
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Mission in Ministry 2021: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding

Mission in Ministry 2021: (Reflection on the presentation given by Fr Hans Zollner SJ January 2021) “Towards a Theology of Safeguarding” The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) is currently focusing through a series of short videos commissioned from theologians, scripture scholars and ethicists, on exploring a Theology of Safeguarding. The series…

Church in Africa: Financial Transparency a Challenge
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Church in Africa: Financial Transparency a Challenge

“We have been auditing our accounts for a long time but it is expensive and very prohibitive for Dioceses that do not have money; so, you have to do it with persons who may not be the best in the market,” the Kenyan Archbishop said. “Disclosure can also be dangerous in certain environments,” Archbishop said…

Forty Days: Tested in the Desert
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Forty Days: Tested in the Desert

Jesus has just been baptised by John the Baptist. On that occasion we witnessed the Spirit descending from heaven, coming down on Jesus. From now on, we see that everything that Jesus does, is guided by the Spirit of God, and is a sign of God’s Spirit. The first thing that the Spirit does with…

First Sunday of Lent
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First Sunday of Lent

Lent – a new liturgical season, and an opportunity to start again.We can give thanks to God for giving us this season of grace. Lent isclosely associated with God’s Covenant and with baptism, and thereadings this Sunday strongly underline this. In the First Reading from Genesis, God makes a Covenant withNoah’s people, saved from the…

Lent: Learning from the Oppressed and Persecuted
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Lent: Learning from the Oppressed and Persecuted

“When I hear the stories of those oppressed and my eyes cannot get any bigger, just listening to them. They tell me: ‘But Marcela, please, when you speak about us, ask them to pray for us. We want to be like you, to be able to read the Bible whenever we want, to go to…

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

After having called his disciples Jesus started his Messianic work: preaching and healing. Evening came (1:32) and morning came (1:35), a new day. That new day brought new things. Jesus went to other towns to proclaim the Good News (1:38-39). And another aspect of the new day was that his Messianic work had adverse effects…

Missionary Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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Missionary Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

A Catholic missionary priest in Madagascar known for serving the poor living on a landfill has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Fr. Pedro Opeka, 72, is a Vincentian priest from Argentina who has worked with the poor in Madagascar for more than three decades. He founded the Akamasoa humanitarian association in 1989…

Cafod: The Distinctive Role of the Catholic Church in Development and Humanitarian Response
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Cafod: The Distinctive Role of the Catholic Church in Development and Humanitarian Response

Faith and religious practice are central to most people’s lives in the Global South. Religious institutions are at the heart of society, the cornerstones of the community, with a long reach into even the most remote communities. Religious leaders hold people’s trust and often have authority and influence where state and local officials do not….

World Day Against Human Trafficking: Prayer Marathon
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World Day Against Human Trafficking: Prayer Marathon

8 February: Prayer marathon for World Day Against Human Trafficking Christians are invited to join an online Prayer Marathon on 8 February organized and promoted by the Talitha Kum network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons. By Vatican News staff writer Thalita Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life against Trafficking in Persons is…